Tuesday, May 09, 2017

So much activity on campus! Must be Spring Fever.

This spring has been and continues to challenge the notion that students, teachers or parents are sleeping--at all. From visiting artists to Common Experience to field trips to the "usual" exhibits and performances the campus is bouncing with energy!


It’s been all testing all the time around the arts high school and Principal Silkey-Jones has sent out a big red Perpich CONGRATULATIONS to all students as they wend their way through MCAs, ACTs and AP tests coming up. Participation has been very high—91% for ACT! This week is AP! 
A Day of Silence was observed April 21 as part of Perpich Arts High School’s GLSEN National Day of Silence. GLSEN’s website explains that the Day of Silence is a student-led event organized in thousands of schools to bring awareness to the silencing effects of anti-LGBTQ naming calling, bullying and harassment. 
Japanese Taiko artist Yuichi Kimura visited the African drumming class, courtesy of Perpich alum Emma Valentine. He explained the history and purpose of Japanese drumming and the two types of drums used in Taiko. He performed some improvisations, the students performed for him and a drum jam proceeded from there. Thank you, Emma, for bringing this international star to Perpich!
Guest artists Christopheraaron Deanes and Stephanie Gandy have been working with Perpich students on the creation of a collaborative mural entitled, “Celebrating Our Differences.” Using several different media to complete projected images of Perpich students, the murals will be displayed in the Upper Atrium and loaned out for shows and displays.
Common Experience
Chastity Brown, local singer-songwriter who performs locally, nationally and internationally, stopped by Perpich for Common Experience. She sang, showed the video of a song from her album coming out May 19, and discussed her path to success. Her parting advice to the students: "There is so much out there--all kinds of music--the best thing you can do is stand in your integrity. Stand up for the music you believe in." You can hear her here
Brown is continuing her involvement with Perpich, sponsoring an essay and songwriting contest for Perpich students. Winners will receive free tickets to her concert on June 2 at the Fitzgerald Theater!
Scott C. Knudson, 1993 media grad, came back for Common Ex to share his experience as a professional documentarian. About Perpich, Scott said, "This place was really something special to me. Coming here from Bemidji was a big step, scary but fun and exciting." Advice for current students: "Surround yourselves with people who are creative and are actually DOING art." And: "It's so important to stay connected with your classmates here. It will lead to work. It will lead to projects."
See a feature documentary by Scott here.
Exhibits and events
The Blick art supply store in Roseville is featuring Perpich students' visual art. Marcie Mason, mom of senior vis student Amy Mason, helped to arrange for the show. The art will remain on display through May 15. Thank you, Marcie!
Margaret Polzine and Felice Amato, two of our visiting artist teachers this year, will be showing their work at the Trylon Microcinema, 3258 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis, at 7 p.m. on June 1. The Trylon is a non-profit, 50-seat movie theater in the Longfellow neighborhood with a great art gallery—go check it out! 
The Media Outreach Exhibition April 8 drew student artists, families and teachers not only from the metro but as far away as Duluth and St. Cloud. Students from across the state entered close to 100 works of media art. Rebecca Bullen and her media arts students created a set of criteria for judging and narrowed the selections down to 47 pieces that made up a youth media exhibition in the Tony Basta Gallery. It was a mix of photography, animation and cinema. More than 50 people attended the event representing 30 young artists, 47 works of art and 17 schools, as well as a few of their supportive teachers.Thanks to the Perpich media students who helped in curating as well as the Perpich students who came to the event, connected with people and helped out.  
Mme Trina Keller offered this short report on the French trip to France. She wrote on their return after spring break: "We are all fighting jet lag (still, but it's getting better!) and several of the kids have colds, but aside from that, all is well! We had a successful trip with a lot of visits that included Sainte Chapelle, la Conciergerie, Notre Dame (et les Tours), Le Louvre, Roue de Paris, Fontainebleau, French schools, family stays, l'Arc de Triomphe, les Champs Elysées, La Tour Eiffel, les Catacombes, le Quartier Latin, Versailles, les vélos, le Petit Trianon, le Hameau de Marie Antoinette, spectacle musicale "Les Choristes," l'Opéra, les Galeries Lafayette, le Musée d'Orsay et le Bâteau Mouche. There were a few places that we missed. The Pompidou security guards went on strike the day we planned to visit (and they are still on strike)." What an itinerary! She thanks the parents and is très fier of her student travelers!
From Craig Farmer a note about an interdisciplinary unit that centered on World War I with a field trip last Friday to the Minnesota History Museum’s World War I exhibition.  “Not since the Wizard of Oz field trip in 2013 has this interdisciplinary team come together! This is going to be a five-day barnstormer. Here is the team:Sun Yung Shin = Poetry, João Bichinho = History, Craig Farmer = Art and Trench Warfare Slang.” 
Dance concerts: Wednesday and Thursday, May 10-11, 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. on Thursday 
Junior/Senior literary arts reading: Thursday, May 18, 7:30 p.m., Southern Theater at Seven Corners, Minneapolis 
GALA! Friday, May 19, 7 p.m. 
Theater performance: Wednesday, May 24, 7:30 p.m. 
ALL on Thursday, May 25, 5 p.m.:
Media arts juniors’ final exhibition
Visual arts’ juniors’ final exhibit
Earth and Environment Exhibition
Music concerts: Thursday, May 25, 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 26, 3 p.m.  
Graduation! Friday, June 2, 2 p.m. 


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